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Tuesday March 13, 2012

Teachers sponsored at major English language conference

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RMIT English Worldwide (REW) has sponsored 10 Cambodian teachers to attend one of the biggest English language conferences in south-east Asia, the eighth annual CamTESOL conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Rachel Holthouse, CEO of RMIT Training, and Lynda Beagle, Deputy Director of the REW Melbourne Language Centre, joined the teachers at the recent conference, themed "Language and Development".

They were among a record 1,500 people who attended the conference, which included Cambodian educators and English teachers from the region as well as presenters from around the world.

REW was well presented at the event, sponsoring the 10 local teachers in addition to delivering several presentations.

Ms Beagle, along with Jane Bywaters, Program Manager for English Language Programs at RMIT Vietnam, presented a workshop on "Providing a Framework to Learn New Words - Vocabulary Acquisition".

Staff from RMIT Vietnam also presented at the event and highlighted the REW curriculum, which was favourably mentioned by Seamus Fagan, Director of the University of Newcastle's English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, during his English for Academic Purposes presentation.

Ms Beagle said the conference was an amazing feat of organisation, assisted by a large team of volunteers.

"CamTESOL is a significant ESL event on the Australasian calendar," she said.

"It provides REW with the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the region and its expertise in English language programs, which are well suited to students studying in Asia.

"I'd encourage any teacher who is interested in holidaying in south-east Asia to think about combining tourism and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) so they can attend CamTESOL in the future."

REW is a division of RMIT Training, a company associated with RMIT University.

REW works closely with global industry, international universities and institutions, and foreign government organisations to provide a range of tailored English programs and assessment.

Lynda Beagle, Deputy Director of the REW Melbourne Language Centre, with some of the Cambodian teachers who were sponsored to attend the conference.

Source: RMIT University;ID=l9ddoj95yzqn;STATUS=A

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